Change Language

Stained Teeth: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Stained Teeth? How is the Stained Teeth treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Stained Teeth?

The colour of the teeth is actually dependent upon certain natural factors and some genetic too. Dentin is the layer that is mostly responsible for the colour of the teeth. Dentin is actually yellow-brown in colour and is covered by a very hard layer called enamel which is white in colour. Enamel is responsible for the bluish, pinkish or yellowing tinge of the teeth. The core of the tooth is known as dental pulp which is pink or red in colour due to the presence of blood vessels. But colour of teeth is not influenced by this layer at all. The causes of stained teeth are some foods and drinks like tea, coffee, wines, coloured carbonated drinks, apples etc. Chewing and smoking excessive tobacco also causes the teeth to change colour. Certain medications like antibiotics such as doxycycline and tetracycline can discolour teeth in children below 8 years. Several mouth washes containing cetylpyridinium chloride and chlorhexidine also stain teeth. Certain antipsychotic drugs, antihistamines and high blood pressure medications have also been reported to stain teeth. Maintain poor dental hygiene like not brushing and flossing properly after meals is also responsible for teeth staining. Stained teeth can also be a result of some diseases like some infections during pregnancy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Stains on teeth can be of different types. For example, extrinsic teeth stain wherein staining of teeth occurs on the outer surface of the teeth. A thin layer of deposition occurs on the teeth surface due to excessive tobacco consumption, tea, coffee or wine. Intrinsic staining of teeth occurs when the staining particles affect the inside of the enamel. Teeth stains also occur due to increasing age as the enamel thins down with age. There are some treatment options to whiten teeth and remove the stains on the teeth. Teeth stains can be removed by treatment options like veneers, bondings, over the counter whitening products, brushing and flossing properly etc.

How is the Stained Teeth treatment done?

There are several treatment options for stain removal from teeth. Adopting healthy dental habits, brushing and flossing after every meal helps wash off any possible stain or plaque development on the teeth. Dentifrices are devices that use a detergent or an abrasive or an antitartar agent for teeth whitening. Tooth brushing with dentifrices helps keeping extrinsic staining at bay. Professional tooth cleaning involves ultrasonic cleaning, air-jet polishing with abrasive powder and rotary polishing with abrasive paste. In another technique called enamel microabrasion a mixture of silicon carbide and weak hydrochloric acid is applied on the teeth with help of a rotary. Enamel microabrasion gives a glazed appearance on the teeth. The technique removes intrinsic teeth stains that cause by decalcifications, fluorosis etc. Bleaching stained teeth involves vital bleaching and non-vital bleaching. Vital bleaching involves bleaching teeth that have turned yellow or brown due to intrinsic discoloration and fluorosis. Bleaching of stained teeth is also done with hydrogen peroxide and carbamide and is done quite carefully to protect the soft tissue from the harmful effects of the bleaching agents. Whitening strips are also available in the markets that are impregnated with hydrogen peroxide. These strips can be used at home to maintain the already whitened teeth. Nonvital bleaching is done by placing a mixture of sodium perborate and 30% hydrogen peroxide in the pulp chamber of the tooth for about a week. Surgical procedures like dental caries or materials removal is carried out if stains occur due to such objects. Sometimes teeth stains may also require dental implants and dental extractions.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone whose teeth has stained quite significantly to make them look unsightly and also may cause pain is eligible for the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If the teeth stains are not very evident and do not cause any problem may not require treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Yes, there can be side effects of removal of teeth stains like frequent tooth cleaning as the process results in removal of the enamel.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Post treatment guidelines for removal of teeth stains are avoiding smoking, acidic food and drinks, tea and coffee and very cold or very hot foods.

How long does it take to recover?

It takes a just a few hours to remove the stains from teeth.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of teeth stain removal in India ranges from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 50,000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Yes, the results of the treatment are permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Alternatives to the treatment is to brush and floss properly, brush teeth at least twice a day, avoiding chewing tobacco and smoking, excessive wine consumption and limiting tea and coffee consumption.

Popular Questions & Answers

I had dental braces for about 2 and a half years. I maintained good dental hygiene, but a few of my teeth have yellowed. I have heard that teeth whitening with chemicals is bad for the teeth and you can loose the calcium. Is there any way through which I can get them whitened? Also, are whitening strips good?

Advanced Aesthetics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Hello, get teeth whitening done by a professional will not damage your teeth. The available over the counter prpducts can damane the enamel as the concentration of these are not of the right standards. So you ca do some research and look for cosme...

1. If we consult a dentist for stain removal they remove with some equipment right. Then teeth will loose it thickness and strength? 2. How to do whitening of teeth without consulting a dentist? If consulted a dentist for whitening of teeth what they do?

Dentist, Mohali
Scaling doesn't harm your tooth. It just vibrates and removes calculus and stains deposited on the surface of your teeth. If you don't have calculus and more of stains then you can go for professional bleaching of teeth. But you may have to underg...
1 person found this helpful

I do not drink or smoke but my most of my teeth were yellowing day by day, please say how pase I use or how can it cure?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
Cardiologist, Alappuzha
The yellow colour as you say seems to be the normal colour and if needed you can get a dental checkup and do dental bleaching

My teeth are yellow and I want them to be white. Sometimes when I brush a little hard bleeding occurs. So what is the solution to get white teeth and bleeding free gums.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor,
I can help you in this matter with Homoeopathic treatment for bleeding gums. Use heclalava lava toothpaste. Don't brush hard and more than 3 minutes. Brush upword and downword motion. For Medicine I need more details. You can consult me through Ly...

What test is need to be done for checking cancer in men and women both. Eg. Like cervical cancer, breast cancer, blood and skin cancer.

MBBS, M.S. General Surgery, M.R.C.S. England, M.Ch. Surgical Oncology, DNB Surgical Oncology, FEBS Surgical Oncology, DNB General Surgery, MNAMS, FMAS, FIAGES, FAIS, FICS, FEBS Breast Surgery, FACS, Fellowship IFHNOS & MSKCC USA, Fellowship in breast and oncplastic Surgery
Oncologist, Mumbai
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells in an area of our body. It can be due to loss of function of tumor suppressor genes or due to increased function of oncogenes. Screening is recommended for a few cancers to help in early detection a...
3 people found this helpful
Popular Health Tips

11 Oral Cancer Signs and Symptom - Warning Signs

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Surat
11 Oral Cancer Signs and Symptom - Warning Signs
Oral cancer is the name given to cancer that develops in the tissues of the mouth or oral cavity. If you interact with a specialist, you will know that oral cancers belong to a larger group of cancers called head and neck cancers. And more importa...
1885 people found this helpful

Canker Sores - Ways They Can Be Treated!

MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Canker Sores - Ways They Can Be Treated!
Canker sores are also known as aphthous sores and are the most common type of mouth ulcers. They mostly occur on the inside of the lips or cheek and are mostly whitish or yellowish in color. The sores are mostly surrounded by inflamed, reddish sof...
2638 people found this helpful

Bloating: The Causes & Solutions

MBBS, MS - General Surgery , DNB (General Surgery), MNAMS (Membership of the National Academy), Fellow HPB Surgery & Liver Transplant (Singapore) , FICS - RPSLH - RPSLH
Gastroenterologist, Hyderabad
Bloating: The Causes & Solutions
Bloating isn't a medical condition. It doesn't necessarily mean that a person has eaten too much. It can be a case of eating wrong food which has not been digested by the body. Bloating occurs when air and water get trapped inside the stomach or i...
3513 people found this helpful

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

MD - Oncology
Oncologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells called tumors that invade and damage the tissues surrounding it is in or around the mouth. Oral cancer, like all other types of cancer, is life threatening if not diagnosed and treated in the early...
4274 people found this helpful

Top 10 Dentist In Bangalore

Dentist, Bangalore
1. Dr. Manjunath B.S. BDS, MDS-PROSTHODONTICS 28 years experience 500 at clinic 500 online If someone looks for one of the top dentists in Bangalore, a familiar name that comes to mind is Dr. Manjunath B.S. He is a well-known dentist in Bangalore'...
Content Details
Written By
PCAD,MCID Implant,BDS,Advanced Aesthetics
Reviewed By
MD - Consultant Physician
General Physician
Play video
Head And Neck Cancer
Causes and symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer My name is Dr. Manish Julaha and I practice Head & Neck Oncosurgery. Today I'll tell you some facts about Head and Neck cancer how to predict them early. So in India approxiately 1.2 million cancer patie...
Play video
Dental Implant
Hello, This is Dr. Rahul. Today I'm going to talk a little bit about dental implants as everyone must be aware these dental implants are titanium screws which are placed into the bone and it is a replacement for missing tooth now our missing teeth...
Play video
Know More About Dental Implants
Hello friends! This Dr. Premendra Goyal fom Mumbai. I m a dentist. Let us talk about dental implants today. Lot of people have missing teeth, they lose their teeth by accidents or by some disease and they re in dilemma, how to replace that tooth? ...
Play video
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Detail and advantages of Dental Implant procedure Hello, everyone. I am doctor Aman Ahuja. I am an implantology and a digital smile specialist working in Gurgaon. Today I am going to tell you about problems associated with missing teeth. Generally...
Play video
Oral (Dental) Implants
Here are Types, Procedures, and Benefits of Oral (Dental) Implants. Hi, I am Dr, Pankaj Dhawan. Today I am going to tell you all about oral implants. Oral implants in dentistry have revolutionized the way we treat our patients. We are now able to ...
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice